How Does Cloud Website Hosting Work?
What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, just a select few actually know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given hosting supplier into a genuine cloud hosting supplier.
The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of hosting firms can really accomplish it.
2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, online portals, email mailboxes, etc., are we not?
To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing merely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole group of mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting vendor will support numerous server farm locations on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting distributor:
If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS only demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not limited simply to a remote file storage service, as multiple service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up out of nowhere.